How Players were rated in 2012 Champions League Final

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May 20th, 2012
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Chelsea's Spanish forward Fernando Torres (L) and Spanish forward Juan Mata celebrate with the trophy after the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. Munich won the match. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

Bayern Munich

Manuel Neuer 6/10
A spectator for the vast majority of the match as Bayern dominated possession but was alert to make important first-half save from Kalou at his near post

Phillip Lahm 7
An easy evening defensively as Bertrand was regularly required to help marshal Robben, although could have shown more adventure in supporting Bayern’s attack

Jerome Boateng 6
One of the weak points in the Bayern team but his sheer size and physical strength meant that he was affective aerially in negating Drogba’s influence

Anatoliy Tymoshchuk 7
A veteran of more than 100 international games for Ukraine and rarely looked under pressure. Reads the game well and excellent with his use of the ball

Diego Contento 7
Direct and quick going forward and produced a wonderful first-half cross to create an excellent chance for Muller. Did occasionally leave defensive holes however.

Tomi Kroos 8
Generally plays in a more advanced position but was still highly effective breaking from deep. Had an inviting early chance but dragged his shot wide

Bastian Schweinsteiger 8
Picked up a yellow card after only two minutes for a silly handball but soon settled into his rhythm and was vital in ensuring Bayern’s dominance of possession.

Arjen Robben 7
A continual threat but ultimately let himself down with some erratic finishing, most obviously with a weak penalty in extra-time

Thomas Muller 7
Effective when he drifted into the space in front of Chelsea’s defence and missed some good chances before heading Krool’s cross beyond Cech

Franck Ribery 6
Placed Bosingwa under huge pressure throughout and forced Bayern’s penalty but was also wasteful from numerous inviting positions

Mario Gomez 5
Was Bayern’s most profligate player last night. Snatched at a succession of opportunities, notably when he blasted a one-on-one chance over shortly before half-time

Substitutes
With Bayern dominant for so much of the match, Heynckes waited until the 86th minute before making his first change, replacing Mulller with Daniel van Buyten. Ivica Olic also came on during extra-time for Ribery and missed his penalty in the shoot-out.

Manager (Jupp Heynckes) 7
Was aiming to join the likes of Ferguson, Mourinho and Guardiola as a double Champions League winner and, despite defeat, his game-plan could not really be faulted.

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Chelsea

Petr Cech 9
Slightly fortunate to deny Robben with a reaction save with his right-foot but the utterly inspired to save three penalties for Chelsea

Jose Bosingwa 5
Was targeted by Bayern and was unconvincing throughout, particularly when he almost gifted Bayern a goal after failing to clear Lampard’s pass

David Luiz 8
Was sometimes pulled out of position by Muller but was excellent in containing the physical threat of Gomes and coolly placed his penalty into the top corner

Gary Cahill 7
Has grown in stature during Chelsea’s European campaign. Made an important early block to Schweinsteiger and also occasionally stepped out to offer an attacking threat.

Ashley Cole 7
Was partially culpable for Bayern’s first goal when he lost Muller but more than amends by accurately converting his penalty

John-Obi Mikel 7
Suspect with his passing but produced another hugely disciplined performance in front of Chelsea’s defence to deny Bayern space and restrict their chances

Frank Lampard 8
As against Barcelona, Lampard was effective in a containing midfield role and held his nerve to score from the penalty spot during the shoot-out

Salomon Kalou 7
Was mostly required to help Bosingwa defensively but was Chelsea’s most threatening player when he did get forward and forced a good near-post save from Neuer

Juan Mata 6
Produced the assist for Drogba’s late equaliser with Chelsea first corner of the match but then missed his penalty to briefly hand Bayern the initiative in the shoot-out

Ryan Bertrand 5
Barely got a touch on his Champions League debut but was still effective in helping to restrict space for Robben and did help create Kalou’s chance

Didier Drogba 8
The central figure in the match. Scored, conceded a penalty and then converted the penalty, with what might be his last kick as a Chelsea player, that won the Champions League

Substitutes
Florent Malouda, who has been struggling with a hamstring injury, gave Chelsea an extra attacking threat when he replaced Bertrand. Fernando Torres was also introduced immediately after Muller’s goal and helped force the corner from which Chelsea scored their dramatic equaliser.

Manager (Roberto Di Matteo) 9
Has rode his luck but, in leading Chelsea to the FA Cup and now the Champions League, has wriiten his name into the history books and should surely now keep his job.

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